Mike Pettine

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Mike Pettine
Candid waist-up photograph of Pettine wearing a grey pullover bearing a Cleveland Browns logo and dark sunglasses standing on a football field
Pettine in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school: Central Bucks (PA) West
College: Virginia
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: NFL: 10–22 (.313)
Coaching stats at PFR

Michael Mark Pettine (born September 25, 1966) is an American football coach and former college player. He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL), as well as the defensive coordinator for the NFL's Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

Playing career[edit]

Pettine earned all-state honors as a quarterback and defensive back at Central Bucks High School West. The head coach was his father, Mike Pettine, Sr., who is renowned in Pennsylvania for compiling a record of 326–42–4 in 33 seasons and winning four state championships.[1][2]

Pettine played free safety at the University of Virginia graduating in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in economics.

High school coaching[edit]

Pettine coached high school football in Pennsylvania at North Penn and William Tennent high schools after working as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh (1993–1994). He also spent four years as an assistant coach under his father at Central Bucks West High School. In 1999, a New York Times TV crew documented the North Penn football season for ESPN in a film titled The Season. The TV show consisted of two separate hours and followed the team behind the scenes during the 1999 season and highlighted the rivalry between North Penn and Central Bucks West.[2]


Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Pettine joined the Ravens in 2001 and was promoted to OLB's coach in 2005 when Rex Ryan became defensive coordinator.

New York Jets[edit]

Pettine, as Rex Ryan's "right-hand man", reportedly received a three-year deal to lead the Jets defense. Pettine has been credited with contributing strongly to the Jets number one defense in the NFL in 2009. His tenure with the Jets ended after the 2012 season, with the expiration of his contract.[3]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Pettine was hired to be the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills on January 9, 2013.[4]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Pettine was hired to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns on January 23, 2014.[5] On January 3, 2016, the same day the Browns lost their last game of the season to finish 3–13, Pettine was fired, along with GM Ray Farmer. Pettine started 7-4 in the 2014 season, but the Browns lost their final 5 games to finish at 7-9. The Browns were 3-13 the following season. Pettine went 10–22 in his two seasons as Cleveland's head coach, losing 18 of his final 21 games.

Head coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2014 7 9 0 .438 4th AFC North
CLE 2015 3 13 0 .188 4th AFC North
CLE Total 10 22 0 .313 0 0 .000
Total 10 22 0 .313 0 0 .000

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Pettine has served:

Coach Team Year(s)
Brian Billick Baltimore Ravens 2002–2007
John Harbaugh Baltimore Ravens 2008
Rex Ryan New York Jets 2009–2012
Doug Marrone Buffalo Bills 2013


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Caldwell, Dave. "Coach Inhabits Ryan's Shadow on Defense," The New York Times, Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Martin, Kimberly (8 January 2012). "Jets have to hire two coordinators as Tony Sparano, Mike Pettine won't be back". Newsday. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Gantt, Darin (9 January 2013). "Bills hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator". NBC Sports. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (23 January 2014). "Mike Pettine hired as Cleveland Browns' next coach". NFL Network. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 

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